Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
On-line version ISSN 1678-9946
ARAUJO, Adauto et al. PALEOPARASITOLOGY: PERSPECTIVES WITH NEW TECHNIQUES. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 1998, vol.40, n.6 ISSN 1678-9946. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46651998000600006.
Paleoparasitology is the study of parasites found in archaeological material. The development of this field of research began with histological identification of helminth eggs in mummy tissues, analysis of coprolites, and recently through molecular biology. An approach to the history of paleoparasitology is reviewed in this paper, with special reference to the studies of ancient DNA identified in archaeological material.
Keywords : Paleoparasitology; Coprolites; Parasites in archaeological material; Paleopathology; Archaeoparasitology; Mummies.